Hi MeWater friends and supporters-
I hope everyone is doing ok in this roller coaster of a world we are living in. MeWater is still pushing strong with our food drive, which has provided over 4k meals at this point to Mewater families and the extended community. Thanks to all of you for the support!!!
I know there are lots of causes out there, but wanted to pass along a raffle that our good friends Jon and Dali Pyzel from Pyzel Surfboards are doing. They are raffling off a signed surfboard from John John Florence, with all proceeds to benefit the NAACP and MeWater Foundation. They are additionally donating 5k on top of whatever funds are raised. Unbelievably kind and generous. The raffle ends tomorrow, so apologize for not sharing earlier, but this is once in a lifetime chance to get a signed board from who is often regarded as the most skilled and popular surfer of modern times. Tickets are $10. Link is below, as well as the write up from Pyzel Surfboards.
A very special thanks to Jon and Dali, and the entire Pyzel family.
The events of the past month have shone an ever brightening light on the terrible reality of racism and racial inequality that many people deal with every day. Watching so many different people, from all races and backgrounds, stand together in protest of the inhumane treatment of others has been a beautiful silver lining to the injustices that have gone on for far too long.
Black Lives Matter, and we want to help give our support to two different causes that we believe are helping to make the changes that must be made in order for us all to move forward to equality.
We have picked two different groups to donate all proceeds to and Pyzel Surfboards will also be adding an additional $5000 on top of whatever this raises – one is a national organization helping to enact large scale policy changes that help to end racial injustice and inequity, the other is a Bay Area, a grassroots organization that gets at-risk youth to the beach, into the ocean and riding waves- a simple act that we as surfers might take for granted, but can be something very special for those who might never have had the access or opportunity. As different as these two groups are, they both have the same basic goal – to help support people to be treated as they should be, and in doing so to make our world a better place.
The first is the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) https://www.naacp.org/ Founded in 1909 in response to the ongoing violence against black people around the country, the NAACP is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. They have over 2,200 units and branches across the nation, along with well over 2M activists. Their mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
The second is MeWater Foundation https://www.mewaterfoundation.org/ a nonprofit organization run by surfers and mental health professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area that provides day and overnight surf camps to youth, families, and groups, with a mental health approach to mindfulness, empowerment, and exposure to the ocean and the great outdoors. More than just surfing, MeWater Foundation is about increasing one’s own self-reliance and purpose. It is about leveraging the strengths of people and reducing social isolation by growing positive connections within the community with the ocean as a conduit to the improvement of well-being.